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Statement of CICA ED at 5-th Ministerial meeting (December 17)

Fifth ECO Ministerial Meeting on Environment
Istanbul, 17 December 2014

Statement by Executive Director


Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,


    I will like to join the previous speakers in thanking the Turkish Government for its hospitality and excellent arrangements for the meeting.
    Environmental degradation is a very serious issue facing the mankind today. We need to protect the environment not only for sustainable development but also for our future generations. Illustrious speakers before me have eloquently described the challenges before us and the ways to address these challenges. I will, therefore, not go into details except to say that international community needs to make joint and concerted efforts to ensure protection of the environment. Developed countries, which have been responsible for much of the damage to the environment, need to help developing countries financially as well as technically to cap and eventually reduce greenhouse emissions.
    CICA recognises importance of environment and is implementing confidence building measures in environmental dimension. Combating desertification within the region is a priority area for CICA. Two meetings of experts from the member states for combating desertification have already been held and the third meeting will be held next year in Mongolia. Turkey is setting up an International Research and Training Centre on Combating Desertification in Asia in Konya as national contribution of Turkey to the CICA process. The Centre is likely to become operational soon. We are grateful to Turkey for this very important and valuable contribution.

    Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,


    CICA and ECO are natural allies because all the Member States of ECO, with the sole exception of Turkmenistan are also members of CICA. There is wide convergence of the objectives and principles of CICA and ECO, including in the area of environment. CICA will be happy to join hands to address environmental issues for a win-win situation.
    Before I conclude, I will like to join others in conveying deep condolences to the Government and People of Pakistan for the loss of innocent lives in the most reprehensible terrorist attack.

    Thank you for your attention.

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